Talk delivered in Aiken, South Carolina on May 28, 2013. Lorraine Barlett was born in 1958 in Memphis, TN, and has a BA in the History of Religion from Rhodes College and Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis School Law. She has served in the military for over 27 years, joining the US Army’s Judge Advocate General Corp. After three overseas tours and deploymentto Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1999 she resigned from the Regular Army and entered the Reserves. In October 2001 she was recalled to active duty and since 9/11 has held numerous assignments including three at the U.S. Army Signal Center, where she served from 2009-10 with the 7th Signal Command. Her final assignment was as a defense attorney with the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel (OCDC), Officeof Military Commissions (OMC), in Washington D.C. where she represented a Guantanamo detainee. She retired as Lieutenant Colonel in August 2012, and has returned to private practice in Augusta, Georgia, where she continues to speak out on behalf of Guantanamo detainees, on human rights issues relating to cyber and drone warfare, and against the creeping militarism which now pervades our society. As an attorney she also advocates for disabled veterans and the homeless, and fights predatory lending practices.